Athletes Are More Than Mere Students
Christopher Pierznik
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The NCAA is great at whitewashing itself, or getting us to whitewash it. You’re right, we remember the good times, not the athletes who didn’t make it or fell short of their professional goals. And on a fundamental level, people would rather enjoy sports than reflect on their gross injustices. There’s actually a quiet pessimism to what I wrote that, I think, tacitly acknowledges all of this. I have no idea what the impetus for reform could possibly be other than empathy. This hasn’t happened yet and may never, for all the reasons you’ve outlined. But I believe that if nothing else, what I’ve written explains how it might happen and hopefully will.

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